Ford F150: How to Program New Keys

Programming a new remote key allows you to have a spare in case your main key gets lost. Read on to learn how to program it to your Ford F-150.

By Bassem Girgis - May 18, 2016

This article applies to the Ford F-150.

Losing one of the keys to your Ford F-150 is nothing new; we've all done it and we will all do it as some point. The dealership charges a lot of money to make a new key for you; however, once you realize how simple it is to program a key to your truck, you won't be going to the dealership for such procedure. If you've lost your key or if you need to program an additional key, this article can help you accomplish that. Note that you can only have three keys programmed to your truck at a time, so read on to learn how to program a new key to your Ford F-150 truck.

Ford F150: How to Program New Keys

Material Needed

  • New key

If your dealership is trying to their best to drain your wallet, it should be noted that you can buy blank F-150 keys on eBay without issue.

Step 1 – Insert programmed key

Before programming the new key, first insert the already programmed key into the ignition, then turn it ON and OFF, making sure you do so within one second.

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Figure 1. Insert programmed key.

Step 2 – Insert new key

Within five seconds, insert the new key into the ignition, then turn it ON and OFF within one second.

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Figure 2. Insert new key into ignition.

Step 3 – Confirm key is programmed

After Step 2, your theft indicator light should blink three times. This means your key has been programmed and is ready to start your car. If it didn't work, repeat the steps above and make sure you're doing them quick enough.

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Figure 3. Confirm new key can start the vehicle.

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